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Brennan Center for Justice Summer 2023 Communications Undergraduate Internship in New York, New York

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve the systems of democracy and justice in the United States. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. The Brennan Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving Constitutional protections in the fight against terrorism. Part think tank, part advocacy group, part cutting edge communications hub, we start with rigorous research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them – in Congress and the states, in the courts, and in the court of public opinion.

We are seeking interns to provide research / writing, administrative and clerical support to staff for our New York office in our communications department with our media, events, and creative teams.

Note: This internship will take place in person at our NY office.

Responsibilities: All interns will assist with general research and administrative work for the Brennan Center, including, coordinating meetings, and drafting routine correspondence. Additionally, there will be opportunities to attend and observe substantive meetings, events, and conversations on program work. Please review this job description through the application instructions below: incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

In addition to administrative duties, specific responsibilities for each department include:

Media – tracking and organizing press coverage; managing our press database; creating press clips and tear-sheets; building and updating press lists; creating and editing event transcripts; and assisting with public and private events. For Brennan’s Spanish website, Brennan en Español, the work also entails writing social media messaging in both english and spanish and monitoring the site’s media metrics.

Digital – Participate in marketing, communications, and digital team meetings and strategy discussions; work with staff to create and post content on the website and social media including creative process coordination; work with staff on campaign marketing, promotion plans, and email production and testing; conduct research on social media and digital campaign trends and best practices; gather data and create reports on the effectiveness of ongoing online marketing campaigns; assist with digital advertising.

Creative - Produce motion graphics, animation and GIFs for digital channels; extensive image and archive research for video assignments; editing and producing video assets including intro and exit graphics, lower-thirds, color grading, sound design and exporting video; research on Brennan Center issues to develop engaging short-form video and motion graphics; support development of institutional, campaign and brand videos; including pitching and developing scripts, visual conception for motion graphics and or video narratives of editorial stories, campaigns and Brennan Center events; motion and still research, cataloging and organization of visual assets; maintaining multimedia archive: graphics, images and video.

Qualifications: The ideal candidates are independent self-starters; detail-oriented; energetic; punctual; and highly organized. Interns must also have excellent research, writing, and analytical skills, as well as a passion for our issues. Experience with Windows XP, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word a must. Database experience is very helpful. Applicant must be open to evolving responsibilities.

The Brennan Center is committed to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the workplace. We continuously work with our staff to find new ways to increase diversity and to build and cultivate an inclusive and equitable work environment, where everyone can be their true self and feel a strong sense of belonging. As such, we seek to hire employees who have a commitment to and/or experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition, we expect employees to participate/contribute with DEI initiatives or activities with recruitment, retention, and workplace culture.

This position is only open to current undergraduate students

Hours: Approximately 40 hours per week

Pay: $15.00 per hour.

Duration: June – August 2023

Application Deadline: January 13th, 2023

To Apply: Please visit and upload (preferably in pdf) your cover letter, resume, and a list of contact details for three references - in your cover letter, please specify the Communications department that most interests you and explain why. No phone calls, please.

If you have difficulty with the online system, you may send your application by e-mail to: with “Development Summer Internship” in the subject line, after registering in the online system. Applying through our website is strongly preferred.

Note: The Brennan Center is committed to public health and to the safety and wellbeing of our colleagues and visitors. As such, we have adopted a policy requiring all employees working in the New York and Washington, DC offices to be vaccinated against COVID-19, including having a booster, or to meet the legal guidelines for an exemption.

The Brennan Center for Justice is committed to a workplace based on equal opportunity and a strong belief in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce. To this end, Brennan Center

  • Welcomes and hires applicants of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, socioeconomic identities and sexual orientations, including people who have been previously incarcerated;

  • Creates a workplace where true diversity is fostered and different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged;

  • Ensures that all members of the Brennan Center community feel welcome and respected, and have equal opportunities to thrive and advance within the institution; and 

  • Is committed to supporting low-income communities and communities of color particularly affected by social inequities.

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